Congratulations 1st Place Winners — 2022 Lit/South Awards!

Fiction – Selected by Ron Rash
This Picture of Your House – Dustin M. Hoffman

Poetry – Selected by Nickole Brown & Jessica Jacobs
The Peony – Amie Whittemore

Nonfiction – Selected by Stephanie Elizondo Griest
In Varanasi – Karen McElmurray

Flash – Selected by Tara Campbell
The Damage – Amber Wheeler Bacon

2022 Winners, Honorable Mentions, and Finalists


1st Place: This Picture of Your House – Dustin M. Hoffman
2nd Place: Breath in the Body – Pamela Wright
3rd Place: Who Kills Bugs for the Dalai Lama – Janna Zonder

Honorable Mentions:

Hallelujah By and By – Pamela Wright
New Brunswick Enigma – Maryann Hopper


Another Time Could Be Different – Amber Wheeler Bacon
Devil’s Footprint On My Chin – Mary Alice Dixon


1st Place: The Peony – Amie Whittemore
2nd Place: Imagine Me – Junious Ward
3rd Place: Find a Friend – AE Hines

Honorable Mentions

If No One Opens Us, We’ll Thirst – Amie Whittemore
The Birds of Lake Norman – Shannon Ward
Her Name Was Theosa – Cynthia Young
The Last Exxon in Oregon – Steve Cushman


Birch Tree Summer – Tennessee Hill
In the year of our Lord, 1621, my husband paints me as a nun – Jenny Hubbard
Last Night I Made Love with a Horse – Barbara Campbell
La Chambre d’écoute, 1952 – Richard Allen Taylor
Love as an Object Lesson, Cornfield – Junious Ward
The Opposite of Charleston is Pittsburgh – Yvette R. Murray
Patriots – Wayne Johns
pixie – Sara Beck
The southern hemisphere of longing and regret – Phelps Pond
Spring, Morning – Barry Peters


1st Place: In Varanasi – Karen McElmurray
2nd Place: When Organ Becomes Metaphor – Tracy R. Lynch
3rd Place: Lucas – Matt Cheek


Hattie Mae’s Harvest – Lori Johnson
The Perfect Lamp – Ashley Memory
Ronald Reagan Made Me Do It – Toni Bellon
What I Know About Death So Far – Suzanne Adams
The Special Recipe for Making Babies – Kara Zajac


1st Place: The Damage – Amber Wheeler Bacon
2nd Place: Lesbian Communion – Kacie Kress
3rd Place: Troubles No More – Michael Banks

Honorable Mentions

General Sorrows – Amber Wheeler Bacon
Going Home – David Dixon


Exit Wound – Rebecca Jones
Off – On – Mark Mayer
On – Off – Mark Mayer

About the Lit/South Awards & Litmosphere Journal

Charlotte Lit received over 450 submissions to our inaugural Lit/South Awards. Current and past residents  North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia were invited to enter their work into four categories (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and flash) for a share of $10,000 in prizes plus publication. The 2022 prizes in each category are:

First Place: $1,500
Second Place: $500
Third Place: $250
Honorable Mention: $50

All prize-winning entries including honorable mentions will be published in the Spring 2022 issue of Litmosphere: Journal of Charlotte Lit, alongside the works of our judges, Ron Rash, Jessica Jacobs, Nickole Brown, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, and Tara Campbell.

To pre-order one or more copies of Litmosphere — $15, shipped — go here.

Note: all contest entrants will automatically receive one print copy of the journal to their Submittable postal address. Additional copies can be ordered using the link above.